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November 2012

Corrib Gas Project Engulfed in Corruption Allegations

By: 
John Donovan - RoyalDutchShellPLC.com

The latest allegation is that the local Irish Police involved in the Corrib Gas Project were supplied with alcohol by Shell EP Ireland. 

Posted Date: 
13 November 2012

Big Money Rocks’ or The Ballad of Fr. Shell

By: 
Anon

Jaundiced lines penned after hearing a not-so-local priest coming on the radio to congratulate a couple of National Lottery winners

Big money has its own secret tongue
That gold it can shine like your own secret sun
When it whispers in your ear it gives you so much fun
It tickles your insides when you dance to its tune.

Now your rural parishioner, he is a simple man,
He is not aware of Big Money’s grand plan,
Though he is a part of it, he cannot understand,

Posted Date: 
9 November 2012

Ailliliú Fionnuala

By: 
Peter Crawley - Irish Times

TheatreUpstairs@Lanigan’s Bar, Dublin Until Nov 17 1pm €10/€8 085-7727375 theatreupstairs@gmail.com

Posted Date: 
9 November 2012

Corrib play opens on Dublin stage

By: 
Áine Ryan - Mayo News

 AS the controversial Corrib gas project enters its final phase of construction, the first stage play about the project has opened in Dublin. Alliliú Fionnuala was written by actor and scriptwriter, Donal O’Kelly, directed by Sorcha Fox and designed by Robert Ballagh. It is being staged at Theatre Upstairs (Lanigans Bar), Eden Quay, at lunchtime, from Monday to Saturday, for the next two weeks.

Posted Date: 
7 November 2012

Democracy Devalued by Corrib Gas

By: 
Donal O'Kelly - Benbo Productions

Now for a serious point, no irony, no satire:- what's been allowed to happen in Erris for the last ten years regarding the Shell Corrib gas project has significantly devalued the standard of democracy in Ireland. It is a symptom of a wider malaise, for which we're paying by selling off our independence, our very status as a democratic state - lack of proper participatory democratic process. 

We've been lead to this point by a gang of unscrupulous dons, none of whom have been made to even acknowledge their crimes. 

Crime has become accepted as the norm in Erris, upheld by the agents of state we are brought up to believe protect and support democratic institutions. 

There is a painting by Jack B. Yeats in the Hugh Lane gallery called The Maggie Man. The Maggie Man invites fair-goers to pay to throw stones at a wooden roughcut figure called a maggie - gléas magaidh - to encourage it to fend off evil. Those we have allowed to become our leaders have made a maggie of our democracy. They have reduced us to abusing it, diminishing it piecemeal, paying to do so, with blind faith in its automatic powers, while thinking we are engaged in normal democratic activity. 

This is what drove me to write Ailliliú Fionnuala. - Donal O'Kelly 

Posted Date: 
6 November 2012

Why a drill and a play are at the very core of modern Irish democracy

By: 
Lifestyle - Irish Independent

When a giant tunnel-boring machine belonging to Shell got stuck in the bog in Mayo last July, Donal O'Kelly saw his chance.

O'Kelly is a veteran actor and writer, and something of a specialist in one-man shows. His most famous, Catalpa, now 15 years old, won awards and rave reviews internationally, and is still regularly restaged. His new show, the improbably-titled Ailliliú Fionnuala (details below), tells the story of that boring machine.

That may not sound like an obvious subject for a drama. But O'Kelly had been searching for a way to tell the story of the Shell saga at Rossport for some time.

Shell's pipeline and refinery project has been provoking protests since at least 2005 and O'Kelly became a regular visitor, getting to know the locals involved.

Posted Date: 
5 November 2012

Pre-tax profits at RPS fall 24%

By: 
Gordon Deegan - Irish Examiner

Pre-tax profits at the environmental group retained by Shell Ireland to work on the Corrib Gas project last year decreased by 24% to €2m.

Posted Date: 
5 November 2012

Oil Riches In Ireland Could Be Vast

By: 
David Monagan - Forbes

[Shell to Sea] No surprise that Forbes backs Big Oil but interesting to see that all the comments so far seem in support of the campaign.

Posted Date: 
4 November 2012

Tunnelling on Corrib pipeline to commence by year’s end

By: 
Connaught Telegraph

 TUNNELLING work on the 4.9km route under Sruwaddacon Bay in north Mayo for the Corrib onshore pipeline is expected to get underway by get end of the year.

Posted Date: 
4 November 2012